Robert Quinten "Bob" Bruce

  • Born: October 5, 1910
  • Died: October 21, 2011
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

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635 E. Market St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert Quinten (Bob) Bruce, home builder from 1946 until his retirement in 1982, passed on October 21, 2011 at the age of 101.
Bob, his father and grandfather were all born in Indianapolis. His grandparents were married in the home over the family bakery at the southwest corner of Meridian and Washington Streets, before downtown streets were paved. Later, they built a home at College Avenue and 23rd Street, then known as Bruce Road, the city limits of Indianapolis. At that time, horse cars ran on College Avenue.

The Bruce farm was an original land grant from the federal government. One section of the farm ran from 23rd to 34th Streets, and from the Monon Railroad to Illinois Street. Bob attended Shortridge High School when it was located on Pennsylvania and North Streets, also Principia College, DePauw University and the American Academy of Art. He worked as an engineering Draftsman for the Indiana State Highway Commission, then for six years was an Account Executive with Sidener, vanRiper & Keeling Advertising Agency.

From 1939 until 1946, he was with the Jam Handy Organization in Detroit as Account Executive, and as writer and producer of motion pictures. He then returned to Indianapolis to enter the building business. Before retiring, he had built more than 3,000 homes. For over 40 years, he enjoyed flying as a hobby. He and his wife attended several aircraft owners' gatherings each year, from coast to coast. After retirement, he was very active in the Indianapolis Aero Club, serving two terms as President, and thirteen as Program Director. Bob was a Mason for well over 50 years, being a member of Mystic Tie Lodge, Scottish Rite and the Shrine. He was a lifetime member of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist of Indianapolis.

He was predeceased by his wife Patty and by their daughter, Bonnie. He is survived by a nephew-in-law, Richard Hardin; a niece, Carol Shipp; great nieces Jennifer Reitmeister and Holly Yovino and great nephew Robert Bruce Hardin.

A special Thank You from friends and family to David Pereira of Nightingale Services for a year of great home care. At his request, there will be no funeral or memorial services. He suggested that those who wish to do so should make contributions to their church or favorite charity.

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-Your friends at Flanner and Buchanan

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr. Bruce was a good friend of my father, Judge Paul Buchanan, Jr. when he was alive. He often told me how much he respected Mr. Bruce. He looked up to him because he was about five years younger and admired how well Mr. Bruce got around at his age!

Posted by Bruce W. Buchanan - Indianapolis, IN - Acquaintance   October 27, 2011

A very gentle man with a great intellect and a great sense of humor. He loved his special friends and family. I will miss him as will those who enjoyed being with him over the years====BOB'S in a better place===watch over us all JAMES D Blythe II

Posted by James D Blythe II - Indianapolis - His Attorney   October 23, 2011

Dear Bruce Family,

There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and humbled that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. It is our hope that we have been able, in some small way, to lighten your burden and give proper reverence to a life lived. Please let us know if we can be of further service.


Brian and Bruce Buchanan
4th Generation Owners

Posted by Flanner and Buchanan - Indianapolis, IN   October 22, 2011

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Bob Bruce, David Pereira, inside the coach nephew-in-law Ron Shipp, and great niece Holly Yovino This picture was taken October 2010 at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana just after Bob's 100th birthday.
Bob Bruce, nephew-in-law Ron Shipp, and great niece Holly Yovino Photo taken at Saturday lunch with Bob's dear lunch bunch October 2010.
Bob Bruce with his niece, Jennifer Reitmeister, nephew, Rob Hardin and nephew-in-law Richard Hardin during their visit in September 2011.